We can’t judge the watchmakers that are playing it safe this year (or really, any other year). Sometimes, consumers just want more of the same thing in slightly different colours, sizes and materials, and watch brands are rightfully trying to sate these highly particular – if utterly unexciting – demands.
But there are rebels in every fan base and in the world of haute horlogerie, Hublot replica and its fans count among them. Whether it’s debuting the world’s first brightly coloured ceramic cases or boldly releasing watches that are deliberately hard to read, Hublot ensures there’s never a dull year. This doesn’t mean top quality copy Hublot ignores trends. It released the Big Bang Integral last year in response to the rise of steel watches with integrated bracelets. The follow-ups however, are usually far from conventional. After a trio of coloured ceramic variants launched this January, the Swiss movement replica Hublot Big Bang Integral announced its most ambitious reference at this year’s Watches & Wonders: The Big Bang Integral Tourbillon Full Sapphire. This isn’t clone Hublot’s first sapphire watch (that would be the Big Bang Unico Sapphire from 2016) but it is the first to use this much of the fussy material. The case is made from 37 components, five of which are in sapphire, and out of the 165 components that make up the bracelet, 22 are in sapphire. The brand also had to develop titanium inserts specially for this bracelet, and these were machined in such a way that they don’t protrude on either side of each bracelet link. Possibly in an attempt to one-up Chanel’s J12 X-Ray, which was the first fully sapphire watch when it was unveiled last year, Hublot’s contender features a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. The automatic HUB6035 also features three sapphire bridges, and a platinum micro-rotor positioned at 12 o’clock for a bit of pleasing symmetry. It operates at 3Hz with a power reserve of 72 hours, and has a water resistance of 30m. The fake Hublot Big Bang Integral Tourbillon Full Sapphire’s overall case design and size (43mm by 15.25mm) also makes this a more rugged alternative to Chanel’s 38mm J12 X-Ray, but you’ll have to move fast because it is a limited edition of only 30 pieces.
Kevin Pietersen was always a box-office cricketer with his swashbuckling, front-foot style making him one of England’s most gifted batsmen. During the course of making more than 8000 Test runs, including 23 centuries, the man known as “KP” faced down some devastating bowlers. “Shoaib Akhtar was pretty fast and Mitchell Johnson bowled that fast series against us in 2012-13,” he recalls to T+T over Zoom. “But I was never scared of any bowler, because there’s a defence mechanism and you train for it. Whereas you’re pretty defenceless when you’re charged by a rhino…”
Pietersen confronted that situation on a walking safari in South Africa. He and a guide were tiptoeing past a white rhino just 25 metres away when the wind changed. “The animal smelled us and wasn’t happy,” he says. “Suddenly it charged. In that moment, you actually don’t have time to think, but luckily it got a fright and ran right passed by us.”
That nerve-shredding encounter did nothing to quell KP’s zeal for rhino conservation. It was a passion that began in 2013 when he reconnected with Africa, the country where he’d originally grown up.
“While I was visiting South Africa, I was invited to help micro-chipping elephants (for tracking purposes). We saw this elephant that had been caught in a poacher’s snare and helped it get free. I remember watching that elephant get up and walk off into the distance and sort of shake his head as an appreciation for what we had done.
“When you’re in that situation, you realise that there is something that you can do to help by spreading awareness. I decided that I was going to do it.”
Determined to help protect endangered species, Pietersen started his conservation charity SORAI, whose name stands for Save Our Rhino Africa India. Right now, their efforts are more urgently needed than ever. The rhino population is dwindling fast – the World Wildlife Fund reports that at the beginning of the 20th century, 500,000 rhinos roamed Africa and Asia, but that figure now stands at around 27,000. Worryingly, SORAI believes the rhino could even be at risk of total extinction by 2025.
This decline is primarily down to the poachers who kill rhinos in order to sell their horns. Unfortunately, COVID has exacerbated this trade by decimating the tourism that so many people rely upon. Selling rhino horns is therefore a way to make some cash as the demand remains bewilderingly high.
“People believe through ancient beliefs that a rhino’s horn cures cancer. They believe they can use it as an aphrodisiac,” Pietersen says. “But the biggest issue at the moment is that the horn is a symbol of wealth because of how expensive it is on the black market – people want to have it on their mantlepiece. It’s like driving a Ferrari, but better.” SORAI’s charitable efforts soon gained the attention of Hublot. In 2019, this resulted in a collaboration to make the limited-edition fake Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI with skeleton dial, whose sandy tones were specially calibrated to match the dusty colours of Africa’s bush land. Hublot donated a large part of the proceeds from the watch (they don’t specify the exact amount) to Care for Wild, the largest rhino sanctuary in the world, supported by SORAI.
“SORAI is now getting offers to collaborate with big brands because of the global pandemic’s effect on the illegal wildlife trade,” Pietersen admits. “But high quality copy Hublot were down and dirty with us getting all the hard stuff done two years ago before this issue suddenly took front stage. That’s what we absolutely love about our relationship.”
The partnership has now given birth to a second new watch. As a member of the Big Bang Unico family, the new green ceramic case copy Hublot Sorai utilises Hublot’s manufactured flyback chronograph movements and offers a 72 hour power reserve. The minute register at 9 o’clock frames the image of a black rhino – whereas the previous model depicted a white rhino instead. The other big change is the colour scheme with the 45mm case rendered in micro-blasted ceramic in a deep shade of bottle-green. “The first watch was made to represent the winter, which are the drought months so it’s very brown and dusty,” Pietersen says. “Whereas with this watch, we wanted to bring out the beautiful green vegetation of summer and all those post-rain colours.”
The $33,600 high quality Hublot Big Bang replica watch comes with quick-change straps including a camo-patterned rubber and a green fabric strap. But if you like its eco-warrior looks then you can’t afford to be complacent as only 100 pieces will be released. Much like KP’s beloved rhinos, the numbers are limited and demand you take immediate action.
Three new creations for their collaboration: Hublot and Sang Bleu are relighting their creative flame to produce a colourful new trio. The new 1:1 copy Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ceramic watch will now be available in blue, grey and white. Adding to their technical achievement of having successfully created perfectly and evenly coloured ceramic, Hublot unveils a watch architecture that continues to defy tradition.
“Three new creations for their collaboration: Hublot and Sang Bleu are relighting their creative flame to produce a colourful new trio,” says Ricardo Guadalupe. “The new cheap fake Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ceramic watch will now be available in blue, grey and white. Adding to their technical achievement of having successfully created perfectly and evenly coloured ceramic, Hublot unveils a watch architecture that continues to defy tradition.”
With its sharp angles, its sculptural case, its multiple facets as if cut in diamond, the Big Bang Sang Bleu II designed by Maxime Plescia-Buchi and Hublot has the ability to amaze and astound. Combining the creativity of the tattoo artist with the technical expertise of the Nyon-based manufacture, the piece displays a radical, complex design, which demands a closer look in order to fully appreciate its multidimensional appearance. The case, bezel, case middle, strap and dial have been constructed with their own geometry and, at the same time, they come together with a seamless fluidity.
With these new grey, blue and white versions, the skeleton dials replica Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II display a new temperament. In the grey ceramic version, the piece offers a modern look reminiscent of the great urban structures at the heart of 21st-century megapolises. The shades of grey that illumine the ceramic evoke steel, titanium and aluminium in turn, strongly accentuating the profoundly architectural design of the Big Bang Sang Bleu II. The blue ceramic version is a clear nod to the name of the piece – a royal blue, an echo of the term “blue blood” (sang bleu) which is used in historical literature to describe the nobility of a lineage. Between day and night, light and shade, the piece offers the perfect blend of tones, a real technical feat for a material as difficult to master as ceramic, which is always susceptible to tiny variations when it is fired at very high temperatures. Here, as in the grey version, Hublot and Maxime Plescia-Buchi developed an approach where the dominant colour of the piece echoes the white and luminescent indices and hands. The geometric structure of the hands appears in all its complexity, hypnotic as it is, in constant movement, and forming, for a few fleeting moments at midday, a complete work in perfect alignment and symmetry. The third version appears simple yet enigmatic. A mirror image of the All Black version which was released last year, this “All White” version features a dazzling play of light in place of the original shade. The faceted architecture of the bezel, case and strap invites closer inspection to appreciate the subtle angles and curves of the piece – the luxury copy watch is a powerful creation, a ray of light to be worn on the skin, like the tattoos that Maxime Plescia-Buchi uses in his graphic art.
Each of these new 45 mm replica Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II will be available as a limited edition of 200 pieces. They all share a 45-mm case made entirely from high-tech ceramic, housing the UNICO Manufacture self-winding chronograph. Entirely developed in-house by Hublot’s engineers and watchmakers, comprising 330 components and equipped with a flyback function, this model offers a 3-day power reserve. Each piece is equipped with its corresponding rubber strap, featuring the One Click system which enables it to be changed instantly with no need for any tools.